Ok, I’ll admit it.
I am addicted to window shopping for houses.
For years, I’ve been frequenting Realtor and Zillow…. and most recently, Truila. Nothing excites me more than to browse through different homes, seeing how they are decorated, and imagining what my life would be like living there.
It’s my guilty pleasure.
My husband doesn’t really understand it but he tries to humor me. I get it though. I mean, what a waste of time. Shopping for houses we’ll never own – some of them in other countries (hello, Iceland and Ireland!) – places we haven’t even visited yet. It’s possible I just have a fascination for homes. The interior. The exterior. Sometimes I’ll create floor plans and I heart home magazines. We’ve already discussed that I’m fascinated with design and how things are set up. But I think there’s more to it than that.
I love indulging in the daydream about the experience of living there.
Maybe this is due to presently not owning a home. Maybe it’s due to wanting a space to call our own, picking our color palette, and knowing that if I slide the couch over to the other wall, the Christmas tree will fit perfectly. I often dream of owning a home and I’m not even looking for a large one. Just a place to kick off my shoes and grow roots.
I laugh because I never thought I’d say that.
Just the other night, my husband and I had an epiphany. We realized that while my passions and focus has consistently changed throughout the years, I’ve had only one thing stay the same – him*. After 14 years together, he is still my one. I chalk this up to communication and our ability to accept our personalities. He gets me. And it’s a good thing he got me when he did because who knows where in this world I would be. Surely, I would be off to wherever my wings took me only stopping to sleep – and eat. Maybe.
Anyway, my point: the fact that I want to set roots is huge. I love the idea of creating memories with my family and having a place for the kids to call home complete with a tree house and tire swing.
Sometimes I wonder if looking at these homes is just a tease. Or if it’s of things to come.
I know it’s the latter but as we are trying to gain traction in our finances (almost completely debt free – #1 agreed upon stipulation before purchasing a house) I can’t help but think if this window shopping is creating motivation or an illusion?
*And of course, the kids but the oldest is 6 so we’ll see if that pans out… Kidding! I’m in it for the long haul.
Photo credit: Deltec Homes (I would LOVE to own one of these homes. And this company happens to be in the area of where we want to relocate.)